Strengthening UK-Indonesia Trade with Britain in Southeast Asia (BiSEA) Support

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Sri Utami

Delegates from Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam were hosted by BritCham Indonesia in Jakarta as a part of the reinvigoration of the Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA) grouping of regional business Chambers of Commerce. 

“This is our first conference since the start of the pandemic. During that time, the UK has exited the EU and changed Prime Minister. Although there is a new level of commitment to stronger regional ties for mutual political and trade benefit, British businesses have been unable to travel to deepen their own commercial interests. We felt it critically important to develop a regional strategy between us to promote opportunities and to support our members with intra-regional growth and UK-based interests looking to access our markets, regardless of their entry point.” remarked BritCham Indonesia Executive Director, Chris Wren. 

The 1-day BiSEA Conference included a lunch panel discussion with honoured guest, H.E Jon Lambe, UK Ambassador to ASEAN, also based in Jakarta. 

An evening gathering also provided opportunities for BritCham members invested in Indonesia to begin face-to-face dialogues that will inevitably result in regional expansion. 

Rino Donosepoetro, BritCham Chairman and Vice Chairman, ASEAN & President Commissioner Indonesia for Standard Chartered Bank commented “With Indonesia as G20 host and BritCham Board members with active roles on five of the seven B20 Committees, it is very fitting that Indonesia hosted this reunion and reset in support of regional trade development. Working together to promote a near 700 million regional block will serve all interests in a much more productive way.” 

On September 16, BritCham Indonesia is teaming up with the Ministry of Investment, Bank Indonesia and the Indonesian Embassy in London for a 6-day, 5-city roadshow to investment opportunities, promote tourism and education and to develop a better understanding of the Indonesian proposition for supply-chain diversification.